Volunteers Making a Difference in Their Communities

November 1, 2003

Many people do volunteer work and give back to the communities in which they live because they realize tremendous personal satisfaction from helping others and making a difference in their own ways. Some of the shining examples of selfless volunteers are recognized through our annual Good Neighbor Awards program.

However, the Good Neighbor Award winners are not the only ones who make a difference—many real estate professionals make volunteerism a part of their daily lives. Get ready to be inspired by these five selfless practitioners who make a difference in their communities.

David Gaylord

Gaylord Real Estate Inc.
Lakeville, N.Y.
Charity: Conesus Volunteer Fire Department

When David Gaylord’s pager goes off, it might be a real estate client, but it could very well be a fire call. Gaylord’s day job is broker/owner of Gaylord Real Estate Inc. in Lakeville, N.Y., but his other life is as the 2nd Assistant Fire Chief of the Conesus Volunteer Fire Department. At the age of 43, Gaylord has been a volunteer firefighter for almost 30 years. Read Full Story.

Natallia Bor

West USA Realty
Peoria, Ariz.
Charity: Russian Children’s Center

As a recent immigrant, Natallia Bor understood how hard it is for newcomers to the United States to find friends who share common interests and concerns. As a mother of two, she also wanted to find a way to teach her children about Russian culture so that they would not lose their ethnic identity while adjusting to life in the United States. So she founded the Russian Children’s Center to teach area youngsters the Russian language and to link them with their cultural heritage. Read Full Story.

Carl Mendler and Tami Taylor

Peak Realty
Hiawassee, Ga.
Charity: Dog Zoo Inc.

Seven-month-old Freddy was beaten, shot in the head with a

.22-caliber slug, and then chained to the back of a truck and dragged behind it. He was close to death when police saved him. But the boxer puppy was spared from being euthanized, thanks to Carl Mendler and his wife, Tami Taylor, who took the puppy in, nursed him back to health, and then drove him 20 hours from rural Georgia to the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington, where he was adopted by a caring family. Read Full Story.

Eleanor Morsbach

Prudential Fox & Roach REALTORS®
Wayne, Pa.
Charity: Peter’s Place: A Center for Grieving Children

When Eleanor Morsbach's son Peter died in an accident while playing in 1999, there were moments when she couldn't breathe, sleep, or get out of bed without wondering how she would survive the loss of her 10-year-old child. To help others going through the same experiences, Morsbach founded Peter’s Place, A Center for Grieving Children in Berwyn, Pa., in 2001. Read Full Story.

Timmie Teppe ABR

Plaza Real Estate
Wichita, Kan.
Charity: The Arc of Sedgwick County

Timmie Teppe first got involved in The Arc of Sedgwick County, an organization that helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their highest educational and social potential, about eight years ago because “she had the time and wanted to do something.” Teppe, a sales associate with Plaza Real Estate in Wichita, Kan., is now serving a two-year term as board president. In addition to her real estate work, she spends about 20 to 25 hours each week making people’s lives better through The Arc. Read Full Story.

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